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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2246933
(54) English Title: METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PLACING A PURCHASE ORDER VIA A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK
(54) French Title: METHODE ET SYSTEME DE COMMANDE D'ARTICLES SUR UN RESEAU DE TELECOMMUNICATION
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • G06Q 30/06 (2012.01)
  • G06Q 20/12 (2012.01)
(72) Inventors (Country):
  • HARTMAN, PERI (United States of America)
  • BEZOS, JEFFREY P. (United States of America)
  • KAPHAN, SHEL (United States of America)
  • SPIEGEL, JOEL (United States of America)
(73) Owners (Country):
  • AMAZON.COM, INC. (United States of America)
(71) Applicants (Country):
  • AMAZON.COM, INC. (United States of America)
(74) Agent: SMART & BIGGAR
(45) Issued: 2012-01-17
(22) Filed Date: 1998-09-11
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 1999-03-12
Examination requested: 1998-09-28
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country Date
08/928,951 United States of America 1997-09-12
09/046,503 United States of America 1998-03-23

English Abstract

A method and system for placing an order to purchase an item via the Internet. The order is placed by a purchaser at a client system and received by a server system. The server system receives purchaser information including identification of the purchaser, payment information, and shipment information from the client system. The server system then assigns a client identifier to the client system and associates the assigned client identifier with the received purchaser information. The server system sends to the client system the assigned client identifier and an HTML document identifying the item and including an order button. The client system receives and stores the assigned client identifier and receives and displays the HTML document. In response to the selection of the order button, the client system sends to the server system a request to purchase the identified item. The server system receives the request and combines the purchaser information associated with the client identifier of the client system to generate an order to purchase the item in accordance with the billing and shipment information whereby the purchaser effects the ordering of the product by selection of the order button.


French Abstract

L'invention concerne un procédé et un système permettant d'effectuer une commande d'achat via Internet. L'acheteur adresse sa commande via un système client, et cette commande est reçue par un système serveur, lequel reçoit les données relatives à l'acheteur, y compris l'identification de l'acheteur, l'information liée au paiement et l'information liée à l'expédition depuis le système client. Ensuite, le système serveur affecte au système client un identificateur client et associe cet identificateur aux données relatives à l'acheteur qui ont été reçues. Le système serveur envoie au système client l'identificateur client attribué ainsi qu'un document HTML identifiant l'article considéré et comportant En réponse à la sélection du bouton de commande, le système client envoie une demande d'achat concernant le produit identifié au système serveur, lequel reçoit cette demande et, en combinaison, recueille les données relatives à l'acheteur associées à l'identificateur client du système client pour établir une commande d'achat de l'article considéré, conformément aux informations liées à la facturation et à l'expédition, moyennant quoi l'acheteur passe la commande correspondante en sélectionnant le bouton de commande.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


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CLAIMS

1. A method in a client system for ordering an item, the method comprising:
receiving from a server system a client identifier of the client system;
persistently storing the client identifier at the client system;

when an item is to be ordered,
displaying information identifying the item and displaying an indication of a
single action that is to be performed to order the identified item; and
in response to the single action being performed, sending to the server system

a request to order the identified item along with the client identifier, the
client identifier
identifying account information previously supplied by a user of the client
system wherein the
user does not need to log in to the server system when ordering the item; and
when account information is to be changed,
coordinating the log in of the user to the server system;
receiving updated account information; and

sending the updated account information to the server system
whereby the user does not need to log in to the server system when ordering
the item,
but needs to log in to the server system when changing previously supplied
account
information.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein the account information includes billing
information.
3. The method of any of claims 1-2 wherein the account information includes
shipping
information.

4. The method of any of claims 1-3 wherein the client system and server system

communicate via the Internet.

5. The method of any of claims 1-4 including receiving from the server system
a
confirmation that the order was generated.


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6. The method of any of claims 1-5 wherein the single action is clicking a
mouse button
when a cursor is positioned over a predefined area of the displayed
information.

7. The method of any of claims 1-6 wherein the displaying includes displaying
partial
information supplied by the server system as to an identity of the user of the
client system.
8. The method of any of claims 1-7 wherein the displaying includes displaying
partial
shipping information supplied by the server system.

9. The method of any of claims 1-8 wherein the displaying includes displaying
partial
payment information supplied by the server system.

10. The method of any of claims 1-9 wherein the item may alternatively be
ordered using
a shopping cart model.

11. The method of any of claims 1-10 wherein the server system combines
multiple
requests to order items into a single order.

12. The method of claim 11 wherein requests are combined when sent within a
certain
time interval.

13. The method of claim 11 wherein requests are combined when sent within 90
minutes.
14. The method of any of claims 1-13 wherein after the server system receives
the request,
it includes the identified item in an order with another item with similar
availability.

15. The method of claim 14 wherein availability is categorized as short-term
or long-term.
16. The method of claim 14 wherein availability is categorized as short-term,
intermediate-term, or long-term.


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17. The method of any of claims 1-16 including displaying an indication that
the order for
the item that is requested in response to performing the single action can be
cancelled within
a time period.

18. The method of claim 17 wherein the time period is 90 minutes.

19. A method in a client system for ordering items, the method comprising:
receiving from a server system a client identifier of the client system;
persistently storing the client identifier at the client system; and

for each of a plurality of items
displaying information identifying the item and displaying an indication of a
single action that is to be performed to order the identified item; and
in response to the single action being performed, sending to the server system
a request to order the identified item and the client identifier, the client
identifier identifying
account information of a user
wherein the server computer automatically combines orders into a single order.

20. The method of claim 19 wherein the requested orders are combined when sent
within
a certain time interval.

21. The method of claim 19 wherein the requested orders are combined when
requested
within 90 minutes.

22. The method of any of claims 19-21 wherein the requested orders are
combined when
the requested items have similar availability.

23. The method of claim 22 wherein the availability is categorized as short-
term or
long-term.

24. The method of claim 22 wherein the availability is categorized as short-
term,
intermediate-term, or long-term.


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25. The method of any of claims 19-24 wherein the client system and server
system
communicate via the Internet.

26. The method of any of claims 19-25 wherein the single action is clicking a
mouse
button when a cursor is positioned over a predefined area of the displayed
information.

27. The method of any of claims 19-26 wherein the displaying includes
displaying partial
information supplied by the server system as to the identity of the user of
the client system.
28. The method of any of claims 19-27 wherein the displaying includes
displaying partial
shipping information supplied by the server system.

29. The method of any of claims 19-28 wherein the displaying includes
displaying partial
payment information supplied by the server system.

30. The method of any of claims 19-29 wherein the item may alternatively be
ordered
using a shopping cart model.

31. The method of any of claims 19-30 including displaying an indication that
the order
for the item that is requested in response to performing the single action can
be cancelled
within a time period.

32. The method of claim 31 wherein the time period is 90 minutes.

33. A method in a client system for ordering an item, the method comprising:
receiving from a server system a client identifier of the client system;
persistently storing the client identifier at the client system;
displaying information identifying the item and displaying an indication of a
single
action that is to be performed to order the identified item;


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in response to the single action being performed, sending to the server system
a
request to order the identified item along with the client identifier, the
client identifier
identifying account information of a user; and
displaying an indication that the order for the item that is requested can be
cancelled
within a time interval.

34. The method of claim 33 wherein the time interval is 90 minutes.

35. The method of any of claims 33-34 wherein the client system and server
system
communicate via the Internet.

36. The method of any of claims 33-35 wherein the single action is clicking a
mouse
button when a cursor is positioned over a predefined area of the displayed
information.

37. The method of any of claims 33-36 wherein the displaying includes
displaying partial
information supplied by the server system as to the identity of the user of
the client system.
38. The method of any of claims 33-37 wherein the displaying includes
displaying partial
shipping information supplied by the server system.

39. The method of any of claims 33-38 wherein the displaying includes
displaying partial
payment information supplied by the server system.

40. The method of any of claims 33-39 wherein the item may alternatively be
ordered
using a shopping cart model.

41. The method of any of claims 33-40 wherein the server system combines
multiple
requests to order items into a single order.

42. The method of claim 41 wherein requests are combined when sent within a
certain
time interval.


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43. The method of any of claims 33-42 wherein after the server system receives
the
request, it includes the identified item in an order with another item with
similar availability.
44. A client system for ordering an item, comprising:
a component that receives from a server system a client identifier of the
client system
and that stores the client identifier persistently;
a component that orders an item by displaying information identifying the item
along
with an indication of a single action that is to be performed to order the
identified item and by
sending to the server system a request to order the identified item along with
the client
identifier, the client identifier identifying account information previously
supplied by a user
wherein the user does not need to log in to the server system when ordering
the item; and
a component that updates account information by coordinating the log in of the
user to
the server system, receiving updated account information from the user, and
sending the
updated account information to the server system.

45. The computer system of claim 44 wherein the account information includes
billing
information.

46. The computer system of any of claims 44-45 wherein the account information
includes shipping information.

47. The computer system of any of claims 44-46 wherein the single action is
clicking a
mouse button when a cursor is positioned over a predefined area of the
displayed information.
48. The computer system of any of claims 44-47 including a component that
alternatively
orders the item using a shopping cart model.

49. The computer system of any of claims 44-48 wherein the server system
combines
multiple requests to order items into a single order.


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50. The computer system of any of claims 44-49 including displaying an
indication that
the order for the item that is requested in response to performing the single
action can be
cancelled within a time period.

51. A method in a computer system for ordering items, the method comprising:
providing to a client system a client identifier for the client system, the
client identifier
being associated with account information of a user and for persistent storage
at the client
system;
for each of one or more items,
providing to the client system a display page identifying an item, the display
page including an indication of a single action that is to be performed to
order the identified
item; and
receiving from the client system a request to order the identified item, the
request including the client identifier; and
automatically generating a single order for the identified items of the one or
more
received requests for items wherein the user does not need to specify that the
identified items
are to combined into a single order.

52. The method of claim 51 wherein the requested orders are combined into a
single order
when received within a certain time interval,

53. The method of claim 51 wherein the requested orders are combined into a
single order
when received within 90 minutes.

54. The method of any of claims 51-53 wherein the requested orders are
combined into a
single order when the requested items have similar availability.

55. The method of claim 54 wherein the availability is categorized as short-
term or
long-term.


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56. The method of claim 54 wherein the availability is categorized as short-
term,
intermediate-term, or long-term.

57. The method of any of claims 51-56 wherein the single action is clicking a
mouse
button when a cursor is positioned over a predefined area of the displayed
information.
58. The method of any of claims 51-56 wherein an item may alternatively be
ordered
using a shopping cart model.

59. The method of claim 58 wherein the single action is clicking a mouse
button when a
cursor is positioned over a predefined area of the displayed information.

60. A method in a computer system for ordering an item, the method comprising:
providing to a client system a client identifier for the client system, the
client identifier
being associated with account information of a user and for persistent storage
at the client
system;
providing to the client system a display page identifying an item, the display
page
including an indication of a single action that is to be performed to order
the identified item
and an indication that the order for the item can be cancelled within a time
interval;
receiving from the client system an indication that the user performed the
single action
along with the client identifier; and
generating an order for the identified item using the account information
associated
with the received client identifier.

61. The method of claim 60 wherein the time interval is 90 minutes.

62. The method of any of claims 60-61 wherein the client system and server
system
communicate via the Internet.

63. The method of any of claims 60-62 wherein the single action is clicking a
mouse
button when a cursor is positioned over a predefined area of the displayed
information.


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64, The method of any of claims 60-63 wherein the display page includes
information
identifying the user.

65. The method of any of claims 60-64 wherein the display page includes
partial shipping
information.

66. The method of any of claims 60-65 wherein the display page includes
partial payment
information.

67. The method of any of claims 60-66 wherein the item may alternatively be
ordered
using a shopping cart model.

68. A method in a computer for ordering an item, the method comprising:
providing to a client system a client identifier for the client system, the
client identifier
being associated with account information of a user and for persistent storage
at the client
system;
when an item is to be ordered,
providing to the client system a display page identifying an item, the display
page including an indication of a single action that is to be performed to
order the identified
item;
receiving from the client system an indication that the user performed the
single action along with the client identifier; and
generating an order for the identified item using the account information
associated with the received client identifier wherein the user does not need
to log in to the
computer system to order the item; and
when account information is to be changed,
coordinating the log in of the user to the computer system;
receiving from the client system updated account information; and
updating the account information associated with the client identifier of the

logged in user based on the received updated account information.


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69. The method of claim 68 wherein the account information includes billing
information.
70. The method of any of claims 68-69 wherein the account information includes
shipping
information.

71. The method of any of claims 68-70 wherein the client system and server
system
communicate via the Internet.

72. The method of any of claims 68-71 wherein the single action is clicking a
mouse
button when a cursor is positioned over a predefined area of the displayed
information.

73. The method of any of claims 68-72 wherein the display page includes
partial shipping
information supplied.

74. The method of any of claims 68-73 wherein the display page includes
partial payment
information supplied.

75. The method of any of claims 68-74 wherein the item may alternatively be
ordered
using a shopping cart model.


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